Team seeks record in Detroit with chain reaction machine

Team seeks record in Detroit with chain reaction machine
A team at the Michigan Science Center works on the "Zeal Credit Union's Incredible Science Machine," Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Detroit. Plans call for it to be activated Saturday and run nearly 30 minutes. It's expected to include more than half a million objects, including about 200,000 dominoes and thousands of other common objects. According to event organizers, the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps and ran for about 2 minutes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

A team at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit wants to set a record for building the largest chain reaction machine.

Plans call for it to be activated Saturday and run nearly 30 minutes. It's expected to include more than half a million objects, including about 200,000 dominoes and thousands of other common objects.

The lead builder is Steve Price, a Michigan State University student and a native of the Detroit suburb of Canton Township. He has built other Rube Goldberg machines, but this one includes hundreds of steps and will be his largest one to date.

It's called the "Zeal Credit Union's Incredible Science Machine," since a credit union is backing the effort. According to event organizers, the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps and ran for about 2 minutes.

Zeal Credit Union Vice President Lisa Fawcett said Price's work is a clear example of following a passion.

"We knew we needed to support these builders in any way we could," she said in a statement, adding that the credit union understands "the hard work and passion required to pursue a dream of this magnitude."

  • Team seeks record in Detroit with chain reaction machine
    Chris Wright of Newport, NY and a team at the Michigan Science Center work on the "Zeal Credit Union's Incredible Science Machine," Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Detroit. Plans call for it to be activated Saturday and run nearly 30 minutes. It's expected to include more than half a million objects, including about 200,000 dominoes and thousands of other common objects. According to event organizers, the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps and ran for about 2 minutes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Team seeks record in Detroit with chain reaction machine
    Chris Wright of Newport, NY and a team at the Michigan Science Center work on the "Zeal Credit Union's Incredible Science Machine," Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Detroit. Plans call for it to be activated Saturday and run nearly 30 minutes. It's expected to include more than half a million objects, including about 200,000 dominoes and thousands of other common objects. According to event organizers, the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps and ran for about 2 minutes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Team seeks record in Detroit with chain reaction machine
    A team at the Michigan Science Center work on the "Zeal Credit Union's Incredible Science Machine," Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Detroit. Plans call for it to be activated Saturday and run nearly 30 minutes. It's expected to include more than half a million objects, including about 200,000 dominoes and thousands of other common objects. According to event organizers, the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps and ran for about 2 minutes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Team seeks record in Detroit with chain reaction machine
    Alex Huang of San Jose, Calif., and a team at the Michigan Science Center work on the "Zeal Credit Union's Incredible Science Machine," Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Detroit. Plans call for it to be activated Saturday and run nearly 30 minutes. It's expected to include more than half a million objects, including about 200,000 dominoes and thousands of other common objects. According to event organizers, the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps and ran for about 2 minutes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Team seeks record in Detroit with chain reaction machine
    Noah Lach of Norton, Mass., and a team at the Michigan Science Center work on the "Zeal Credit Union's Incredible Science Machine," Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Detroit. Plans call for it to be activated Saturday and run nearly 30 minutes. It's expected to include more than half a million objects, including about 200,000 dominoes and thousands of other common objects. According to event organizers, the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps and ran for about 2 minutes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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